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Welcome to WaitingForFriday.com! This is the web-home of Simon Inns. Here you will find a range of articles on my projects as well as information about my retro computing hobby.
I hope you find something useful and perhaps even build some of the projects you'll see here. If you have an idea for a project, or have built something from this site and want to share a picture; please feel free to contact me. I'd love to hear from you!
2012-07-05: Added a new article about building a Raspberry Pi Plexiglass Case using simple tools.
2012-01-29: Added a new article on how to reverse engineer a 1.5 inch photo frame LCD for use in your own projects Reverse Engineering a 1.5 inch Photoframe
2012-01-11: The Mini xum1541 is a USB to Commodore IEC serial interface which allows a Commodore 1541 floppy drive to be connected to a modern PC using USB.
2011-11-14: The Stylophone Studio 5 is a project to recreate the original 1968 Dubreq Stylophone which sounds and reacts just like the original (and even contains a replica of the original circuitry) however it also fully supports both MIDI in and MIDI out over USB and can be controlled by studio software such as Cubase.
2011-10-29: The USB Generic HID Open Source Framework for Atmel AVR and Windows includes a reference hardware design, a reference firmware design and a Windows based DLL library and host-test application to greatly ease the task of both learning USB development and building USB driven devices using ATmega microcontrollers and Windows front-ends.
2011-10-26: The AVR ATmega32U4 USB Development Board shows how to make an ATmega32U4 USB Development Board which allows you to prototype with the SMD device on a breadboard.
2011-10-16: I've just added version 3 of my Open Source Framework for USB Generic HID devices based on the PIC18F and Windows. The new version is now targeted for the Microchip C18 compiler. Both the C# library for Windows and the PIC firmware contain a number of feature enhancements as well as some bug fixes. Thank-you to those who took the time to send reports and feature requests over on the forums!
I've also updated my tutorial Building a PIC18F USB device. The source code for both the host and device are now both based on version 3 of the framework. This is to allow beginners a smoother path to more complex projects using my framework libraries (rather than the rather dated Microchip examples).
2011-10-08: Added Vetinari's Clock. This project recreates Vetinari's office clock from the Discworld series of books. The clock keeps perfect time but the ticking of the second hand is irregular. The design is a simple low-power PIC12F683 board which does not require a RTC chip to function.
2011-08-11: The RC Servo Processor allows you to process servo control signals and increase the range of freedom provided by the servos. It also supports rotational speed limiting to prevent fast swings of the servos. The processor plugs 'in-line' between the RC receiver and the servo.
You can also find videos of most of my projects on YouTube, just follow this link to my channel. All of the project videos from my channel are embedded into the articles on this site.
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